Sultans Swinging for Fantasy Glory

Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval, Kung Fu Panda, was a sleeper pick in fantasy baseball drafts this year. Now if he ever gets a couple more games at catcher…

It’s been a topsy-turvy first half for the Sultans of Swat in the Nightcap Fantasy League, or NFL, of baseball.  The team, co-owned by Dr. Larry G and the SportsLifer, set the pace in the early going before slipping near the bottom of the 10-team league.

However, a series of waiver wire pickups and smart trades rallied the Swingers, who now stand second at the All-Star break, primed for a second-half run at the pennant.

Here are the best and worst moves of the Sultans’ first half.

Five Best Moves

Drafting Pablo Sandoval, Kung Fu Panda, in the 21st round. Pandas can be sleepers you know.

Drafting closer Heath Bell in the 23rd round. He leads the National League in saves.

Trading Brett Myers (out for the year) for Jon Lester, who is rounding into form after a rocky start.

Trading Carlos Pena for Prince Fielder, the Home Run Derby champion

Picking up 11-game winner Tim Wakefield, the ageless knuckleballer, on waivers.

Five Worst Moves

Drafting Matt Holliday in the second round — he went from stud to dud and is on the trading block.

Drafting Clint Barmes in the fourth round — Clint Freakin’ Barmes. What were we thinking?

Releasing Rick Nolasco, who is rounding into form after being farmed out to New Orleans for a spell.

Trading Yunel Escobar and Mike Cameron for Erik Bedard, who immediately went on the disabled list.

Picking up valuable free agents like Freddy Sanchez and Russell Branyan, and not finding room for them in a crowded infield.

Jury Still Out

Trading Jorge Posada and Ryan Ludwick for Dan Haren. Got an ace, but gave up two hot hitters.

No Brainer

Taking Albert Pujols third overall in the draft.  Fantasy or not, the best player in baseball.